Monday, October 28, 2013

Wow, can't believe this month has run away so fast...

I haven't worked on jewelry, as far as finished pieces are concerned.  I have started working again and listing finished stained glass suncatchers on my etsy shop:

In addition to the stained glass suncatchers, I am finishing some of my vintage postage stamp pendants.  Posted here is a picture of where in the process I am.  Basically 2 thin pieces of clear glass with sandwiched between the stamp and backing for the back side of pendant.  Each sandwiched pendant is wrapped in a copper foil tape, which I have done.  I use lead-free solder around each one and decide what type of bail I will use to hang from a chain.

I realize this is not the best picture in the world, but i made it for my own reference, for example of the processes of designing and finishing jewelry. I do the same for stained glass projects, showing the different stages of doing what I do.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Wow, can't believe it is the eve of October 1, 2013.

 I am presently working with vintage postage stamps showcased in glass and then introduced as jewelry.  Still experimental as yet, but soon as a finished product.  My first jewelry using vintage postage stamps are primitively done encased in plastic.  Looks good, but not as sophisticated as the next jewelry made, this time with the glass and soldered.  I am using a tiny heart or actually signing each piece, as my logo.  Also, I have made each more interesting using recycled brass coated guitar string necklaces; making each handmade ooak piece desirable.

The above jewelry is encased in plastic and backed with a quality scrapbook paper.  The stamp with the flag is actually not vintage, and represents the State of Florida.  The others are vintage (from the 1970's).

Transitional August

August's birthstone Peridot is the gem variety of olivine.  A transparent-translucent gemstone in colors of green, yellow-green, and olive.  Peridot has been mined as a gemstone for thousands of years.  Egyptians were mining green stone from the Isle of Zabargad (also called The Isle of St. John) in the Red Sea in about 1500 BC.  Peridot is found on Topazios, an island in the Red Sea.  It was probably originally named topaz.  A major source of this gem in the U.S. is Arizona.